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Directory of Experts – Jon Altamirano

Jon Altamirano
Jon Altamirano
PhD Agriculture (Fisheries Science)
Expertise: Sandfish/sea cucumber


Dr. Jon Altamirano is a Scientist at the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department where he leads the program on “Maintaining Environmental Integrity through Responsible Aquaculture” and heads the Farming Systems and Ecology Section of the Research Division. He works in various aspects of aquaculture systems – from hatchery, nursery, and grow-out – with particular focus on the sandfish Holothuria scabra. His scientific work and interests with sandfish involve research in its biology, ecology, and behavior, as well as in the development of practical aquaculture technologies that integrates environmental and social aspects. Along these fields, Dr. Altamirano is active in collaborative research with various national and international institutions and has, so far, led and co-authored more than twenty journal articles, two books, and this manual. Aside from disseminating his research results in dozens of local and foreign conferences, Dr. Altamirano also shares his knowledge as a primary resource person and lecturer in training courses and academic symposia. He actively advises both graduate and post-graduate students in the fields of aquaculture and fisheries. Dr. Altamirano finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries from the University of the Philippines Visayas in 1999, and has sequentially completed his Masters and Ph.D. studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan from 2005 to 2010.

  1. Altamirano, J.P. and Rodriguez, J.C. 2022. Hatchery Production of Sea Cucumbers (Sandfish Holothuria scabra). Aquaculture Extension Manual No. 69. Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Iloilo, Philippines.
  2. Altamirano, J.P. and Zaidnuddin, I. 2022. Aquatic Species Under International Concern: SEA CUCUMBERS. In: SEAFDEC (Ed). The Southeast Asian State of Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022.  Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Bangkok, Thailand. pp. 81-85.
  3. Altamirano, J.P., R Nambu, ND Salayo, M Kodama. 2022. Understanding current challenges and future prospects in Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) research. Proceedings of the JIRCAS-SEAFDEC/AQD Joint Workshop on IMTA research held at SEAFDEC/AQD, Tigbauan Main  Station, Iloilo, Philippines on 6-8 August 2019.
  4. Altamirano, J.P. Sandfish Biology and Ecology: Prospects and Challenges for IMTA in the Tropics.  2022. In: JP Altamirano, R Nambu, ND Salayo, M Kodama (Eds). Understanding current challenges and future prospects in Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) research. Proceedings of the JIRCAS-SEAFDEC/AQD Joint Workshop on IMTA Research. SEAFDEC/AQD, Iloilo, Philippines pp. 6-13.
  5. Altamirano, J.P., Suyo J.G.B., Noran-Baylon, R.D., and Castel, R.J. 2022. Establishment of a community-based sandfish sea ranch in Barangay Polopiña, Concepcion, Iloilo, Philippines. In:  McClean, N. and Fabinyi, M. (Eds) Community-based sandfish sea-ranching in the Philippines:  Exploring social factors influencing success. ACIAR 2012-2016 Proceedings, Sydney, Australia. pp.  83-100.
  6. Altamirano, J.P., Sinsona, M.J., Caasi, O.J.C., de la Torre-de la Cruz, M., Uy, W.H., Noran Baylon, R., Juinio-Meñez, M.A., 2021. Factors affecting the spatio-temporal variability in the production of sandfish Holothuria scabra juveniles in floating hapa ocean nursery systems.  Aquaculture. 541, 736743. DOI:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.736743
  7. Altamirano, J.P., Meñez, M.A.J., 2021. Resource enhancement: Concepts, learnings, and future directions. in: Aya, F.A., de la Peña, L.D., Salayo, N.D., Tendencia, E.A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Promotion of Sustainable Aquaculture, Aquatic Animal Health, and Resource Enhancement in Southeast Asia. Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Iloilo, Philippines, pp. 70-87.
  8. Altamirano, J.P. and Noran-Baylon, R.D. 2020. Nursery culture of sandfish Holothuria scabra in sea-based floating hapa nets: Effects of initial stocking density, size grading and net  replacement frequency. Aquaculture. 526, 735379. DOI:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735379
  9. Uba, K.I., Monteclaro, H., Noblezada, M., Quinitio, G., and Altamirano, J.P. Value Chain Analysis of the Horse Mussel Modiolus metcalfei (Hanley, 1843) Fishery in Iloilo, Philippines.  Asian Fisheries Science. 33. 106-117. 10.33997/j.afs.2020.33.2.003.
  10. Jontila, J.B.S., Monteclaro, H.M., Quinitio, G.F., Santander-de Leon, S.M., Altamirano, J.P., 2018. Status of sea cucumber fishery and populations across sites with different levels of management in Palawan, Philippines. Ocean & Coastal Management 165:225-234.  DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.08.025
  11. Suyo, J.G.B., Altamirano, J.P., Mapping gendered spaces for sandfish resource Management in Guimaras, Philippines. Fish for the People. 16, 20-25.
  12. Altamirano, J.P. Issues and challenges in sustainable development of fisheries of the Southeast Asian Region: Marine species under international concern: Sea cucumbers. In: The Southeast Asian State of Fisheries and Aquaculture 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. pp. 66-74.
  13. Gorospe, J.C., Altamirano, J.P., Juinio-Meñez, M.A. 2017. Viability of a bottom-set tray ocean nursery system for Holothuria scabra Jaeger 1833. Aquaculture Research 48(12), 5984-5992. DOI:10.1111/are.13423
  14. Altamirano, J.P., Recente, C.P., Rodriguez Jr, J.C., 2017. Substrate preference for burying and feeding of sandfish Holothuria scabra Fisheries Research. 186, Part 2, 514-523. DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2016.08.011
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